SEPT. 3, OCT. 1, NOV. 5
IU Arts Plaza
First Thursdays are monthly festivals showcasing the diversity of arts and humanities on campus and throughout the Bloomington community. On the first Thursday of each warm-weather month, the Council and its friends join together on the Arts Plaza (right in front of the IU Auditorium) for an evening of performances, hands-on creative activities, community-building, great food, and fun!
First Thursdays offer a welcoming environment for students, community members, four-legged friends, and artists and scholars of all kinds. Our festivities have included everything from opera signers to breakdancers, stage-fighting to clay-throwing, and much, much more. Each First Thursday is unique, and each is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful work of artists, performers, and scholars from all across campus and all around town.
Join us April 2nd as we celebrate Indiana Remixed with special guests Michael Cleveland, Operation Combat Bikesaver, and the Fantastic Aerosol Brothers Crew, plus tons of cool activities and performances from our friends across campus and around town, including the premiere of the 2020 Series Documentary!
First Thursdays are supported in part by:
Main Stage Performers
Indiana Remixed Guests
Around the Arts Plaza
Join IU Bloomington departments, student organizations, and community groups for a variety of fun, engaging, family-friendly activities to feed your creative spirit and add your own personal flair to First Thursday!
Check back soon for a full list of participating groups and activities.
What are the Humanities? Are they the disciplines equipped to analyze and answer questions about human experience and the human condition, like history, world languages, and cultural studies? A set of methodologies for reaching answers about these questions? The study of the texts and works of art humans have produced over the millennia? What can the Humanities tell us about current trends and issues such as "Old Town Road," The Lion King, and avocado toast?
Visit the Humanities Salon to converse with faculty from departments around campus and learn how different humanities disciplines answer these and other questions.
Check back soon for a full list of Humanities Salon activities.
IU Dining will offer several food trucks serving up tasty festival foods! Check back soon for the menus.